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Photographic Proof That America Can Make Streets for People Instead of Cars

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Need some inspiration to make your city’s streets safer and more inviting? Here’s a good place to start: URB-I, a collective of urban designers based in São Paulo, has been collecting before and after images of street transformations using Google Street View’s time lapse feature. The stockpile has grown to include 1,000 places around the world, including […]
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Change Is Afoot on the Country’s Most Important Street Design Committee

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Michael Andersen blogs for The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. One year after some progressive civil engineers around the country feared a crackdown against new-fangled street and signal designs, the opposite seems to be taking place. The obscure but powerful National Committee on […]

A Blank Slate: Wells St. Extension Can Embody CDOT’s New Values

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The Chicago Department of Transportation has a rare clean-slate opportunity to design a Street of Dreams — a street that incorporates many leading-edge safety features. That opportunity is phase three of their Wells-Wentworth Connector between Chinatown and the South Loop, a future southward extension of Wells Street that longtime South Loop resident Dennis McClendon calls “Riverside Boulevard.” […]
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To Make Streets Safer, Michigan DOT Takes the Pedestrian’s Perspective

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A lot of state transportation departments talk the talk when it comes to designing streets that are safe for everyone. But Michigan — forgive the pun — is literally walking the walk. Chris Spahr at the State Smart Transportation Initiative reports today on the Michigan DOT’s “walkability reviews,” which the agency started conducting 10 years ago: […]